In order to reduce the prevailing rate of suicide among youths and adults alike, suicide prevention advocate, Samuel Akinyemi popularly known as Psalm Ebube has urged the federal and state government to create toll centers for vulnerable persons.
The musician and humanitarian has lamented the growing rate of suicide raging among youths in Nigeria going by the reports of suicide in different places in the country.
Recall that a 200-level student of the Faculty of Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University OAU, Adedeji Emmanuel on Tuesday reportedly committed suicide by drinking a poisonous substance. There have been other reported cases of young people commiting suicide.
Psalm Ebube, founder of Stay Alive Civility Global Initiative and the international best selling author of the book series, ‘Stay Alive’ tasked the relevant arms of government to act with urgency, the same energy used to fight Covid-19, should be put into suicide prevention.
According to the statesman for Youth Matters to I Change Nations (ICN) USA, a global body, and the African Civility Educator of the year 2021, Nigeria currently has no national suicide prevention strategy plan. “I am urging the FG to implement and evaluate a comprehensive and sustainable multi-sectoral suicide prevention plan, for the populace as a whole and for the vulnerable persons in particular, as recommended by the World Health Organisation, WHO.
“I sincerely appeal to parents, all over the world to please let thier children know that failure or depression, anxiety ,tough times, occasioned by whatever suicide should not be an option. Staying Alive is everyone’s responsibility,” he posted on his social media page.